Unemployment rate drops in region, statewide

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Greene County, at 5.1 percent joblessness, was ranked seventh, with joblessness falling from 5.7 percent in March of past year.

Nationally, unemployment continued to fall, sliding from 4.7 percent in February to 4.5 percent last month. Paulding County had the biggest drop in our area, falling 1% from February to March. Civilian labor force statistics include non-military workers and unemployed Kentuckians who are actively seeking work.

Columbia County and Rockland County, each with 4.0 percent unemployment, were ranked second in the region.

In 2016, 71 counties were above the comparable, unadjusted annual state unemployment of 5 percent, while 46 were below the state and three (Carroll, Meade and Crittenden counties) were the same rate.

The comparable unemployment rate for OH was 5.3 percent in March.

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Clatsop County's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in March was 3.8 percent, down slightly from the month prior, the same as statewide unemployment and lower than the USA average.

In Lake County the unemployment rate in March also dropped by more than a full point, to 5.4 percent from 6.7 percent in February (7.8 percent in March 2016).

"China's job market posted a strong start this year and remained stable in the first quarter", said Lu Aihong, spokesperson of the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, at a press conference. Employment in information was unchanged. LaGrange County, on the other hand, had the state's best labor force employment rate.

Private sectors reporting significant losses in March were professional and business services (-4,400); and construction (-1,400). Total nonfarm payroll employment fell 2,200 in March, with increases of 300 in the goods-producing sector and decrease of 2,500 in the service-providing sector. The national percentage was 4.5 in March.

All of the five Kansas counties surrounding Labette also had seasonally unadjusted unemployment reductions in March.

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